Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Revise tax plan

October 5, 2017

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To the editor:

In response to the sales tax issue, I say vote no, then revise.

I respectfully request sales tax dollars be specifically dedicated:

  • 0.05 percent sales tax for transit. Plane travel, train travel and bus travel are all subsidizl ed 24/7.
  • 0.3 percent sales tax for affordable housing equals tax dollars going to those who have specialized in such projects rather than to for-profit projects.
  • 0.2 percent sales tax for Complete Streets/Walkable Community/Safe Routes to school. Don’t low-income families and all other families need safe modes of travel in the event access to a car or any car is not available?

I am not necessarily opposed to taxes funding these issues. What I am opposed to is open-ended use of the tax dollars, which equals helter-skelter spending.

Dedicated tax dollars eliminate helter-skelter spending; thus we see finished accomplishments. A worthwhile endeavor.

Call for a special vote. The end result would more than pay for the cost of a special vote. A worthwhile endeavor.

The community might want to think about pursuing a no sales tax on groceries or no more than 1 percent. Helpful to the lower income. A worthwhile endeavor.

How many would accept a reduction in property assessment values? This would be a tax reduction. Lower taxes on property could induce lower rents? Which would be helpful to lower income families. And to my wallet as well. Another worthwhile endeavor.

Comments

Richard Heckler 1 month, 2 weeks ago

=== 0.05%% to Public Transit is necessary for low income families, students, seniors who can no longer drive and for those who cannot afford to own a vehicle and for those who choose not to own a vehicle

=== .3% toAffordable Housing as it seems there is a huge need for such and would provide enough money to make a substantial impact. Who provides the best bang for the tax buck and tenants? Tenants to Homeowners

=== .2% to the following which improves the quality of life throughout Lawrence,Kansas and provides safe travel for a broad spectrum of the population. == recreational path infrastructure/recreational trails and paths

=== sidewalks/improvements to crosswalks and accessible ramps

=== safe travel walk to school and back home

Why is this important?

  • Reduces travel costs

  • Promotes an active and healthy lifestyle

  • Expands mobility options for all in Lawrence,Kansas

  • Provides environmental benefits through reduced traffic congestion which in turn improves air quality.

The collection of such sales tax to commence on April 1, 2019 and shall terminate ten years after its commencement, all in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 2016 Supp. 12-187 et seq., and amendments thereto?”

In the meantime:

It seems to me the following were being addressed for many decades before a special tax was put before the taxpayers through budgets and such.

public streets

storm water facilities

traffic calming

residential curb and gutter replacement

reconstruction of roads and intersections

purchasing fire apparatus and related fire equipment including radios and personal protective equipment.

Where is the money? Where did it go?

Do taxpayers want to use tax dollars being held in reserve funds for some of this?

Richard Heckler 1 month, 2 weeks ago

=== WHAT is the city spending:

on new sidewalks in areas that have never had them?

on fill in the gaps?

on repairing ( is there any justification for leaving sidewalks in broken or sunken)

=== What is the current ideal width for sidewalks? for multi use sidewalks?

=== Are sidewalks on both sides of a street required in new housing developments?

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